This reading group guide for Lady Matador's Hotel includes an introduction, discussion questions, and ideas for enhancing your book club. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book.INTRODUCTION
Suki Palacios, a female matador, is the talk of the town – or, perhaps, the country – when she arrives at a luxurious hotel in Central America. Though Suki may be the hotel’s most recognized patron, she is certainly not the only patron with a story.
Behind the hotel’s doors are an ex-guerilla, who works as a waitress seeking revenge; a colonel, who has committed atrocities during wartime and now cares only for good-looking women and his biceps; a Korean manufacturer, who is hiding his pregnant and underage mistress from the outside world; a calculating lawyer, who has a heavy hand in the country’s “adoption” industry; and a Cuban poet and his American wife who are trying to adopt a local baby.
These people come from different cultures and backgrounds. Yet for one week, their lives converge in a cacophony of violence, sexual desire, and the uncertainty of a time that is steeped in political turmoil. When all is said and done, each character must learn they live in a world where they must survive, or perish.